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Save the Date

3.84 of 5 stars 3.84  ·  rating details  ·  7,510 ratings  ·  789 reviews
A wedding florist finds love and trouble in this delightful new novel by the New York Times bestselling author of Ladies' Night

A Savannah florist is about to score the wedding of a lifetime—one that will solidify her career as the go-to-girl for society nuptials. Ironically, Cara Kryzik doesn't believe in love, even though she creates beautiful flower arrangements to celeb
Hardcover, 448 pages
Published June 3rd 2014 by St. Martin's Press
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Save the Date is a standalone, women's fiction/chick lit novel written by author Mary Kay Andrews. This is the first time I have ever read a book by Ms. Andrews, and overall, I liked it. I enjoyed the romance, the dogs, the light humor, and I loved that this story was set in Savannah, Georgia. And Cumberland Island being included??? Oh my heart .

If you have never been to Savannah, then go! It's such a beautiful town with an age that is felt through its historical preservation. And while you are
S. Hartley
I wait impatiently for June to roll around each year so that I can read the newest Mary Kay Andrews Novel! I grab it the day of its release and then devour it, which leaves me feeling sad that I read it so fast… ‘Save the Date’ is a fantastic read! IF you are a fan of Southern Belles, Chick-Lit, Romance, and/or Drama, then you have to read this one. And if you have never read any of her books – you must! Her books are the perfect little cocktails of humor, love, friendships, family, and drama, w ...more
Lloyd Russell
You all know that I read, and enjoy, romances - erotic, suspense, and plain-old. We have a number of romance authors in our area that I read and like a lot - Jasmine Haynes/Jennifer Skully (erotic/non-erotic), Joan Swan, Virna DePaul, Elisabeth Barrett, Marina Adair, Jennifer Ryan. But, I have to admit, that I typically don't go looking for romances outside my scope of local authors. In this case, Save the Date, Mary Kay Andrews' 12th novel, and my 1st, was sent to me unsolicited. I figured, wha ...more
This dragged along, with a lot of typos in the Kindle edition. Had about 100 pages been trimmed from it, it would have been great. I live in Savannah but even I got bored with the constant naming of places. It seemed like she was getting paid per word, instead of for a book. I don't know much about flowers, but if you do I guess you'll like the many descriptions of them. I prefer her other books set in Savannah.
I really would like to recommend Mary Kay Andrews' Save the Date as this year's beach read. However, at 400 pages, you might get tired of lugging it to the beach, unless, like me, you sail through it because it's so much fun. In that case, you'll end up with sunburn because it's hard to put this book down. Saying that, Save the Date is a perfect June book with its wedding theme, a fun romance, and a couple disobedient dogs.

Cara Kryzik is a Savannah florist whose shop Bloom specializes in wedding
Liza Wiemer
Mark your calendars for June 3, 2014 - You want this book!

Save the Date was pure delight. If you love weddings and novels that revolve around them, then this is THE novel for you. Savannah florist Cara Kryzik is struggling to keep her floral shop afloat and pay back her father the money she borrowed to help her business. Life hasn't been easy. Her husband cheated on her, she faces some extremely demanding brides and mothers of the bride, and even a step-mom that will make you want to rip your ha
If you like your chick lit to be of the Southern variety, then Mary Kay Andrews is definitely an author you might want to read. I've read everything she's written, well except for a few short holiday ebooks, and have enjoyed most of them. The stories will always include a number of very funny and quirky characters, some kind of mystery or calamity, and a heroine who always finds love with mister right by the end of the book. Light, fun, and breezy reads, and always a good way for me to take a re ...more
Cara Kryzik wants nothing more than to make her Savannah floral shop a success, but she hits obstacles every way she turns. Her father, the Colonel, is demanding she immediately pay him the money she owes him or return to live with him in her hometown of Ohio. Her two-timing ex-husband Leo wants to give their marriage another try. Her assistant is slacking off on the job. Her landlord isn’t answering her calls even though her shop (and her apartment above it) is as hot as can be and in desperate ...more
This may be the perfect beach read, but beware! If you are anything like me you will become so engrossed in the lives of the characters that you will forget yourself and burn to a crisp. I had forgotten how much I loved this authors earlier works and I am so glad to have read this book.

The story is a typical Southern one with plenty of back-biting, back-stabbing and 'bless her hearts' to go around. Wonderful main characters, truly interesting secondary characters and a 'plot' that won't let you
I admit it! I read chick lit and I like it! But I am very picky about what I read because my mind warps easily. Mary Kay Andrews writes above-average, easy-reading, fun-to-read books that are a break from all the deeper genres. Save the Date was one of her better books even though it followed the usual plot line of "single woman runs her own business in spite of diabolical person against her; woman meets handsome man who aggravates her but ends up her soulmate in the end." I don't mean to make f ...more
Luanne Ollivier
My summer reading list would not be complete without the latest book from Mary Kay Andrews.

Save the Date is another wonderfully warm, funny, romantic read that's a must for your beach bag.

Andrews populates her books with lovable, quirky characters that you wish you could actually count among your friends.

In Save the Date, we meet Cara Kryzik, a florist trying to make a go of her fledgling business in Savannah. She lands one big society wedding that could make or break her reputation - and her
I did like Save the Date but, gosh, shallow much. The characters just blow with the wind or rather whichever way the author needs them to blow on that particular page. This becomes more and more obvious the closer you get to the end of the book.

Two particular points dropped the book's rating from three to two stars:

1. An error or two over the line of okay - from simple typos to Libba becoming Lillian for a moment - well, not really becoming Lillian but definitely having a name-change.

2. The big
I'm usually a huge Mary Kay Andrews - her annual book release is the highlight of my summer reading and Savannah Blues is one of my all time favorite books. When I learned that Save the Date was set in Savannah, I was pretty excited about reading it.

As you can see from my rating, it left me feeling only "meh" about the story.

Before I get in to the parts I didn't like, do know that Andrews does a wonderful job at describing her characters and settings, though this book did a little more telling t
Now that summer is in full swing this also means that wedding season is in full swing as well! My very own wedding is next month, so this book was quite a nice, relatable read for me. Savannah florist, Cara Kryzik, is struggling to keep her floral shop above water and pay back the money she borrowed to get the business off the ground. She hasn’t had the best couple of years: her husband cheated, she deals with some pretty demanding customers, and her stepmom is enough to send anyone running with ...more
With SAVE THE DATE Mary Kay Andrews has added another gem of a novel to her body of work. This book, like many others, is set in Savannah, Georgia. The long history and many Southern traditions add the perfect tone and atmosphere for the plot.
Cara Kryzik is a strong woman, but her situation and circumstances are enough to push anyone over the edge. Her florist business is doing okay, but she needs to book more weddings to pay back a loan to her overbearing father and stay ahead of the bills. Jus
Mrs Mommy Booknerd

I loved this book! What a great read!!!! Funny and spot on when it comes to how love and family can be both the best and worst of us. With humor and spunk this story is woven into so many aspect of the human spirit, from love, to family, to crazy life circumstances, to drama on many levels, to how life can be funny and amazing. When you mix this all up you have yourself an amazing story and when you add in wonderful characters what you have now is a brilliant read, which is perfect for summer an
I read for many reasons -- inspiration, information, illumination, but also relaxation. For the last, Mary Kay Andrews' books are an excellent choice -- whether the Callahan Garrity series of mysteries (written under the name of Kathy Hogan Trocheck and now being reissued under the Andrews name) or her mostly Savannah-based books in the genre of what some might call chick lit and I call "not-so-trashy trashy novels." Save the Date is one of those. In a departure from the norm, the protagonist is ...more
Cute and well written book. Liked reading more about Savannah and Cara's personal struggles than the wedding and floral details. Perfect read for June – the traditional wedding month.
Always a fun read from this author. Good when all you want is to curl up with a hot drink and a comfy blanket and relax.
Millicent Rogers
The ending was a little bit too wrapped up for me....too close. Otherwise very cliche' chick lit...
Mary Kay Andrews consistently delivers fun, fluffy reads. Great literature this is not, but accompanied by a large glass of iced tea or lemonade on a sunny day, this is a sweet little story. Andrews' novels are definitely a bit formulaic--the protagonist is always Southern, and usually some kind of wedding planner/interior decorator/antiques dealer or in this case, a florist; she never gets along with her love interest at first, but later discovers he's sassy but has a heart of gold. Nonetheless ...more
Judy Collins
Mary Kay Andrews, is the Queen of the South, with her humor, mischief, and creative characters. Having read all her books, SAVE THE DATE took on a new twist into the world of weddings, flowers, and of course-- all the drama and chaos, which comes along with events, brides, and their crazy mothers, and families—all with an opinion.

As emotions run high—Mary Kay incorporates all the social media with Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter—as Cara, the owner of a small florist shop in Savannah,
Katherine Berger
Fun for a light beach read. Not life changing, but I enjoyed the banter between the characters and the location (Savannah). As she ran through the streets, it was like a walking tour on speed. (She even passed my old house). The book seemed credible when discussing landmarks, society points, and how it feels to be a new kid in Savannah.
This book wasn't too long at all. I hate for my 'escape reading' to be finished before I've even started! This lasted a good part of the weekend. Predictable, sure. But also fun and I even shed a tear towards the end. There was even a charming little nod to Mary Kay Andrews' other main characters, that I thought was a nice touch.
I enjoy Mary Kay Andrews’ novels. I like her wit and eye for detail as mentioned in the synopsis. If you’re not fond of detailed descriptions be ready for a book heavy with wedding flowers and house restoration details. Me? I enjoyed reading about it all.

I also liked Cara and Jack’s story. They had chemistry but are they willing to give in and risk their hearts for a chance at love? There’s a bit of mystery in the disappearance of the bride of the wedding that will solve all of Cara’s financial
Brittany Michelle
This is the second Mary Kay Andrews book I've read. Unlike the Bebe and Weezie storyline in her books such as Christmas Bliss, I loved this book with Cara and Bert's storyline better as it is more relatable and less fluffy.

An Ohio transplant creates a new career for herself as a florist in the south. Set in Savannah, she attempts in ease her way into a society that is close-knit and closed off to outsiders, especially Yankees. I love the fact that Andrews intertwined Cara's dog Poppy so often i
Another Mary Kay Andrews hit! I loved this book! Cara is a florist trying to run a successful business when a few things in her life goes wrong. Her father is on her back about her loan, she's coming off of a divorce, her assistant is getting flaky, a new competitor moves to town, her shop is being sold and her big budget bride is missing. Oh and don't forget about her non working AC units lol. The book kept me wondering like how is she gonna get out of this one, okay she got out of it, new situ ...more
I love Mary Kay Andrews. Her new book each year kicks off my summer reading season. Unfortunately, "Save the Date" is a complete bummer. Where's the sass? The fun? The funny? The rollicking adventure? Not with this one. All the characters were not interesting, at all. I found the book maddeningly sad and desperate. I would recommend you put this in the bottom of your summer reading list.
I wait every year for the newest Mary Kay Andrews book to come out, then TRY not to devour it too fast. I love her books, this one was no exception.
Kathy Warren
This was a fast paced read. I love Cara and her canine puppy Poppy. She is a florist who and wedding planner who gets involved in her clients personal lives along with their problems.
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Mary Kay Andrews is the pen name of American writer Kathy Hogan Trocheck, based in Atlanta, who has authored a number of best-selling books under the Andrews pen name since 2002.

Trochek graduated from the University of Georgia with a journalism degree in 1976. She worked as a reporter at a number of papers, and spent 11 years as a reporter for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution before leaving to wri
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